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construction jobs. the federal gas tax has been capped around 17 cents a gallon. drivers from the northeast to the midwest don't need a reminder how bad our roads can be. the drivers $6.5 billion. jonathan, how about those potholes, do you have a view on that? >> i like to avoid them. >> i'm anti-potholes, too. >> that's all the time we have. it was nice having you on. >> thank you, ari, i appreciate it. >> $300 billion over four years. put aside the skepticism about getting anything done in washington. walk us through you there at the white house what you know about this and the plan. >> well, i think what you've got is the president again trying to get congress, trying to get the government to invest in infrastructu infrastructure. this is something he's been trying to do for several years. not just invest in it, invest in it ahead of time so as anthony fox, the transportation secretary said earlier today, you don't continue to put band aids on for the nation's highways and other infrastructure. that's what we've been doing to borrow a term for the show. there's been a cycle
writing about. this week is the new republican tax proposal coming specifically from congressman dave camp. and i got to tell you from my perspective, i was not expecting much from this proposal. i was expecting a lot more, you know, let's find an excuse to lower taxes on the rich and possibly raise them on the poor. i was really surprised by how serious this proposal was, how well thought out, the analysis done so far show it is it actually raises overall the tax burden a bit on the wealthy and lowers it in particular on the middle class. and overall, basically keeps the existing progress siivity of th tax company. i know there is stuff you and i don't love, but this is a serious proposal. do you think that we should use this as the basis to start negotiations on reforming our tax code? >> i personally think that it would be -- it would kind of scramble the politics for the mid it terms and also be a good idea on the merits for democrats to actually try to engage in the bill because it actually gets in to the mayor rove trrow of the actually try to engage in the bill because it actually g
a decision if we're going to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest americans or if we're going to make smart investments necessary to create jobs and grow our economy and expand opportunities for every american. at a time when our deficits are falling at the fastest rate in 60 years we have to decide if we're going to keep squeezing the middle class or reduce deficits responsibly while taking steps to grow the middle class. >> that was president obama outlining his $4 trillion budget for 2015 setting the stage for another budget fight. it calls for growing are the tax expansion. the president says he's paying for all of this by closing loopholes, one of which is wall street's favorite loophole which allows hedge fund managers to count their investments as income instead of capital gains. many think it faces a long road because of republicans in the house. to walk us through the budget battle, jimmy williams, an opinion writer for u.s. news.com and an msnbc contributor. how are you? >> how are you, hello. >> i want to start with one of the more important things which is that child care tax cr
, because sometimes when it comes to public policy, he's calling for higher taxes or he's cutting deals with the government. he writes in his letter this year about renewable energy. one of his utilities has invested $15 billion in, mainly in windmills. and he's saying, i'm counting on regulators, essentially to force americans to buy that st so, there is good capitalism and there is sort of crony government capitalism, and i think buffett is a little bit of both. >> but you know, ira, warren buffett is hardly the only wealthy investor who is banking on government goodies here. i mean, a lot of the reason why large corporations and why banks are doing so well is because of favorable tax treatment and subsidies and goodies that they get from the government. >> i think that's true, and i think that people need to watch out for that. and it applies to buffett as well. >> ira stole, thank you very much. >>> up next right here at the table, star of film and tv, michael vartan on his new role in "bates motel," the prequel to a hitchcock classic. nice morning, scott? aye, or...a mornin' of tin
heated on capitol hill. in an irs hearing of all places. who said taxes weren't interesting? >>> and house republicans reach, yes, the big 5-0. that's right, the 50th vote to dismantle the health care laws expected this hour. >>> we begin with breaking news. >> the united states of america, the russian federation, and the united kingdom of great britain, we affirm that obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the independence of ukraine. and none of their weapons will ever be used against ukraine. >> we're waiting for another statement from secretary of state john kerry in paris after his marathon meeting with the leaders of ukraine, russia, and european ministers. right now, kerry is back behind closed doors with allies after meeting with russia's foreign ministers. this is an additional meeting. kerry was supposed to address the press and head back to paris hours ago. but russia's lauvrov left withot speaking to his ukrainian counterpar. the white house saying no deal has been reality showed. but president pawn and chancellor merkel discussed a possibl
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